3,000 church bells ring five minutes long on Friday

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On July 28, at 3 p.m., church bells rang five minutes longer. In Lower Austria, too, attention is drawn to the worldwide famine.

As a signal against global hunger and the devastating effects of the climate crisis, more than 3,000 church bells rang throughout Austria for five minutes at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 28. The ringing is intended to draw attention to the fact that people are still dying of hunger or the consequences of need every day and calls for commitment against hunger.

The climate crisis, associated weather extremes, and environmental disasters are exacerbating hunger worldwide. According to the latest FAO figures, 735 – 783 million people worldwide suffer from hunger, affecting just under one in ten of the world’s population.

And there is a blatant injustice in this. Although rich industrialized countries cause the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions and thus drive the climate crisis, the poorest countries suffer the most from the effects. Therefore, Europe, including Austria, must create more climate justice in the global South. This is the only way to fight global hunger sustainably.

Caritas helps with long-term nutrition projects, with seeds and training, in acute emergencies with food packages and clean drinking water. Every individual can make a difference. Just 40 euros can provide nutritious food for an entire family in drought-stricken northern Kenya.

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